Remission refers to a stage of lesser intensity, when something subsides or improves. Remission is usually a good thing — like when your cancer is in remission, it means that it is manageable and not getting any worse.

Remission comes from the Latin remissionem, meaning "relaxation; a sending back." If something difficult lets up, you'll be able to relax a little. For example, if you are being pelted non-stop during a dodgeball game, you'd hope for a remission so you'd have a minute to take a breath and find your glasses. Another meaning of the noun remission is a payment. Your college tuition remission must be taken care of before you start classes.

Definitions of remission
  1. noun
    an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)
    “his cancer is in remission
    synonyms: remittal, subsidence
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    the subsidence of swelling or other signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)
    type of:
    abatement, hiatus, reprieve, respite, suspension
    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  2. noun
    a payment of money sent to a person in another place
    synonyms: remitment, remittal, remittance
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    type of:
    a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
  3. noun
    the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
    synonyms: absolution, remission of sin, remittal
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    the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution
    type of:
    redemption, salvation
    (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
  4. noun
    (law) the act of remitting (especially the referral of a law case to another court)
    synonyms: remit, remitment
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    type of:
    the act of referring (as forwarding an applicant for employment or referring a matter to an appropriate agency)
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